A former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs who is among those gunning to become the next Benue State governor, Chief Sam Ode, yesterday urged political elites in the state to see reasons why power should shift to Benue South senatorial zone.
The popular aspirant made this plea when he picked his expression of interest and nomination forms at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In Ode’s words, “The trend in politics is changing and I believe that the minority part of Benue is angling and has been agitating, advocating that they be given the chance to lead the state with the confidence that under the PDP, this has been realised in states like Akwa Ibom in the past.
“In Anambra, we have Anambra North and the issue of zoning is something that is sweeping across the whole nation now.
“I have the understanding in Cross-Rivers where it has been agreed that Cross-Rivers North will produce the governor of that state in 2015. I am optimistic that beyond that, I am also a bridge-builder in Benue; I come from both parts of the state. My mother is from the Tiv speaking part of the state and then I come from Benue South, I believe that this will enhance my chances,” he reasoned.
The governorship aspirant promised to make education one of the priorities of his government if elected, stressing that basic education, particularly, must be given very serious attention.
He commended the current administration of Governor Gabriel Suswam for already initiating a programme for the transformation of agriculture in Benue State. Ode added that he would take the transformation agenda of the governor to the next level if he gets to be elected.